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Mildred Elizabeth (Clark) SARGENT

1915 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Mildred Elizabeth (Clark) SARGENT Obituary
SARGENT (Clark), Mildred Elizabeth Mildred Elizabeth Clark Sargent was born Nov 7, 1915, in Atlanta, GA, to Joseph Culman and Sallie Canup Clark and passed away Jan 7, 2018, at 102 years. She was the oldest of five children. At age eight, her family moved to a 40-acre farm in Fulton County. Mildred attended Milton Avenue School, Joseph Humphries School (winning the state spelling bee and Latin award), and Fulton High School (valedictorian). She received a scholarship from Agnes Scott College and in 1936 graduated with a degree in English (poet laureate). She continued with graduate work at Emory, American, and George Washington Universities. She taught at Center Hill School in Fulton County and three schools in New York City. Her 39-year career as a US Government civil servant took her to Washington, D.C.; Nuremburg, Germany; Euless, Texas; and Pensacola, FL, where she retired. Most memorable was her work in Nuremburg where she helped edit and proofread the record of the WWII Nuremberg trials, and toured Europe while there. She continued her career in editing and proofreading and supervised the writing of training manuals and advancement examinations for the US Navy. Mildred married James (Jim) O'Connor Sargent in 1949. They loved to travel and visit family and friends. They were active in writing circles and were founding members of the Mystery Writers Club in Washington, D.C. Mildred always loved reading and writing poetry. At her 100th birthday celebration she released her poetry book Country Girl, a collection of her writings for 90 years. Loving life, her special interests were peace and health. She wanted everyone to live to be 100. She enjoyed discussing current events, reading new books, watching television, and corresponding through letters and telephone. Everyone she met was touched by her encouragement, genuine love, and appreciative words. She made you feel special from her first "hello" and would always say, "Thank you for being you." Mildred was preceded in death by Jim, her husband of 51 years, her sister Margaret Clark Bell and brothers Joseph Culman Clark, Jr. and Corbett Ward Clark. She is survived by her sister, Inez Clark Windley, and by numerous nieces and nephews and their families. She leaves many cherished friends from Atlanta, Washington, D.C.; Pensacola and also families from Jim's 528th Fighter Squadron, "The Dragonflies." A heartfelt thanks to the residents and staff of Azalea Estates, Fayetteville, GA. Mildred will be interred with Jim in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., at a later date.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 14, 2018
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